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Castles

On your stay at Holme Lacy why not take a trip out and visit a castle or two.

Longtown Castle, Longtown, Herefordshire

Longtown Castle, Longtown, Herefordshire

Longtown Castle, Longtown, Herefordshire, ruins of a Norman motte and bailey castle, The Laceys, like many other powerful families in the Welsh Marches, were medieval warlords. They rebuilt the castle in stone, with a circular keep erected on the motte for the grand sum of £37. In 1403, Henry IV refortified the defences following attacks led by the Welsh chieftain Owain Glyndŵr; however by the 1450s it seems to have fallen out of use altogether. Free open access at any reasonable time.

Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Well preserved ruins of 13th century castle, Gifted to the famous William 'Knight's Tale' Marshal, each of his four sons inherited the castle in turn, the last dying childless in 1245. The site of heavy action during the English Civil War, the castle was bombarded into submission by Parliamentary troops using "Roaring Meg". The huge mortar is also on display. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

St Briavels Castle, St Briavels, Gloucestershire

St Briavels Castle, St Briavels, Gloucestershire

Remains of medieval castle, throughout the medieval period, St Briavel's served as a royal administrative centre for the Forest of Dean. the castle became a favourite hunting lodge of King John. The castle appears to have fallen from royal favour in the centuries that followed and by 1775 was being used as a debtors' prison. Transformed in the 20th century, it was turned into a Youth Hostel. Free and open access at any reasonable time during summer months.

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

The oldest continuously-occupied castle in England after the royal residences, , built around 1067. The present castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century. It is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327. Restricted opening times from Easter to October, entrance charges apply.

Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire

Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire

Largely ruined, substantial medieval castle, was built shortly after the Norman Conquest of England. Passing down through generations of the influential de Lacy family, it was transformed into a magnificent palace for Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, then the most powerful man in England. Ludlow became Crown property in 1461, and under the ownership of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, it became a major base in the Wars of the Roses. It later became a royal palace and brief home to the Princes in the Tower before they were taken to the Tower of London. In 1669 when the seat of administration for Wales and the Marches moved to London, the castle was abandoned and quickly fell into ruin. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Intact sandstone medieval castle, in 1138 the castle was involved in the civil war known as The Anarchy, between King Stephen and Empress Maud. In 1215, The Welsh Prince Llewellyn seized both the town and castle, and later it was held by enemies of Edward III during the Baron's War. Around 1300 during his conflicts with the Welsh, Edward I greatly enlarged the castle, but it gradually fell into disuse following his invasion of Wales. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.

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